West Ranch rallies with late comeback, takes down Saugus

Noah Neri and Zach Singer

Coming off a win vs. the Canyon Cowboys, West Ranch stormed into their game on Oct. 12, ready for war with Saugus. Saugus came ready to fight and that showed with Weston Eget’s opening drive interception, which lead to a quick touchdown for the Centurions. Eget made some questionable throws, leading to a first half shutout at the break with Saugus in control 14-0. In the first half, West Ranch’s normally explosive offense had been silenced, and the less-heralded defense had to make some big stops to prevent the lead from getting any larger.

However, the fired-up Wildcats stomped into the second half making a statement with the Camacho brothers, Jovan and Ryan, leading the way. With time running out for a comeback, Eget successfully threw a redemptive dart in the endzone for a West Ranch touchdown, assembling the game at 14-7.

Eventually, it came down to a big 4th and 1, where Ryan Camacho took it to the house for a 39-yard touchdown tying the game at 14. After West Ranch’s defense made a crucial stop, West Ranch had the football with 3:31 left at their own 25-yard line with a chance to win the game, tied 14-14.

Weston Eget threw a 39-yard bomb, sending the ball on the Saugus 21, and a triple option run following the big play. With time running out and the ball deep into Saugus territory, it was all up to Richie Padilla Jr. who kicked it right through the field goal posts for a historic comeback victory in front of the home crowd who then joyfully stormed the field.

Coach Varner had some passionate comments regarding his team’s performance. “No adjustments needed to be made. We just needed to play Wildcat football!” We also asked him about the upcoming games at Hart and Valencia, and he said, “We learned a lot from today. We’ve just gotta get back and keep doing what we’re doing.”

Good job Wildcats! Come out next weekend when West Ranch battles Hart at College of the Canyons!